Mentally disturbed 16-year-old Kutlwano Kasibe, who was assaulted by a mob in Mapetla, Soweto, for allegedly stealing a tap’s killers‘ , offered a bribe of R50000 to his mother to drop the charges.


In June this year, Kutlwano Kasibe, who is mentally disturbed, was assaulted by a mob in Mapetla, Soweto, for allegedly stealing a tap. Kasibe was sjamboked, and his wounds were allegedly doused with sanitizer. He was then sent to the hospital, where he took his last breath.


Kasibe’s death broke her mother. Speaking with DailySun, Dorah Kasibe says since the passing of his son, random people have offered her money to drop the charges against his son’s killer.

“A few days ago, two men offered that each suspect would pay R10 000 and I would receive a total of R50000”

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Dorah kasibe, kutlwano Kabise's mother

Kasibe’s mother, Dorah Kasibe’s mother is heartbroken. Image by Morapedi Mashashe

“They told me that I could use the money for my son’s tombstone unveiling or to repair my house.

“Whenever I hear such offers, I get very upset because it is clear that the people behind Kutlwano’s death are not remorseful”

“They can never understand my pain until it happens to their own children, so I will never drop any case,” said Dorah.

His heartbroken mother says her son was killed like an animal, and as such, she will never exchange her son’s life for money.

“I will never accept any money in exchange for my son’s life.”

“To those who have been offering money and to those who are still coming, I want to tell you to please leave me alone because my son’s life can never be bought”

“All I want is justice”

“My son was murdered like a dog,” said Dorah.


Even though police were able to hold five suspects responsible for Kabise’s murder, three were arrested immediately, and the remaining two were confirmed. A few months later, they were released on a bail of R300 each, but his family is not yet at peace.


Dorah’s father, Mpho Motjekane, said, “It has been a difficult journey, even more so when we have to go to court.” The constant court postponements are also not making the healing process any easier. It is costly and an emotional torment. “We just want justice served,” he said. Meanwhile, Kutlwano’s aunt, Tozi Kasibe, has started a soccer team called Hope Fast Eleven in his honour.


The trial case was remanded until February for further investigations.